We all have those awakening moments when we want to take a step back from the store-bought, chemical infused products and try something a little bit more natural. One of the most common and effective natural alternatives that people lean towards in such times is the Bentonite clay!
From detoxifying to acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, we’ll provide you with a complete rundown of the different ways this clay can be used to help your body go through a full cleanse with a minimum risk factor.
What is Bentonite Clay and how does it work?
Bentonite clay is a soft, fine grey colored clay that’s formed from ancient volcanic ash. It contains a variety of minerals including calcium, magnesium, and aluminum, etc which provide the clay with its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and remineralizing properties.
To make it work, Bentonite powder is mixed with a liquid that activates the negatively charged particles. As the clay comes in contact with the positively charged toxins of the body, it pulls them out by binding with them. These toxins can include anything from harmful bacteria to heavy metals, and parasites, etc.
While pulling out the toxins, it deposits useful metals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium into the body, each of which serves their beneficial purpose.
Bentonite Clay Benefits for the skin
Bentonite clay can be used to provide various healing benefits all over your body, for people of all ages.
- How Bentonite Clay it beneficial for my face?
These days, a lot of the skincare and makeup products we use contain nasty chemicals that are harmful to our skins. If not cleaned out properly, they can cause premature wrinkles, aging, clogging of pores, and breakouts.
However, all of this can be easily avoided by the use of a natural Bentonite clay mask (recipe is given below).
Not only does bentonite clay act as a cleanser (by unclogging pores and removing excess oil), but it also detoxifies and exfoliates your skin at the same time! It works miracles for the removal of blemishes and acne scars by sucking up the toxins from the pimples and depositing minerals that strengthen the immune system and help your skin heal! Furthermore, with more regular use, you will find that it leaves your skin brighter and tighter!
How to make Facemask with Bentonite Clay? (DIY Bentonite Clay)
To make a DIY face mask, mix some rose water with Bentonite clay, along with castor oil, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils. Apply the mixture to your face; especially on the spots with the blemishes and leave it on for 20 minutes to dry. Once dried, simply wash it off with warm water and moisturize!
You could also make a paste using only Bentonite clay powder and water if you don’t have the other ingredients and use that instead. Since this is such a strong exfoliant best to limit its use to once or twice a week.
These two Bentonite Clay Masks are recommended buying if you are looking to cleanse your face.
- How is it beneficial for my underarms?
Bentonite clay can be used for detoxifying your armpits, which might seem like a bit much but bear with us. The deodorants that you use daily have a bunch of harmful chemicals like aluminum or parabens in them that are believed to cause diseases such as breast cancer. Hence, taking all precautions, we turn to bentonite clay!
- How to use Bentonite clay to detoxify your underarms:
All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of Bentonite clay with1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and water each. Next, apply this to your armpit for about 10- 20 minutes until the clay is completely dry. Then, simply take a wet washcloth and clean it off!
However, since the armpit is a very sensitive area of your body, you should do a test patch on your elbow first, just to make sure you’re not going to have any allergic reactions! The first time you try this, your skin will probably turn a little red due to increased circulation to that area. However, if that redness persists then seek the help of a dermatologist.
- It can be used on babies as baby powder and to treat diaper rash
We’ve all heard multiple horror stories about the use of store-bought baby powder on little kids, especially those containing talcum. As a result, a lot of mothers now swear by the incredible healing properties of Bentonite clay powder. Not only does this serve as baby powder, but it also helps with the treatment of diseases such as eczema or diaper rashes!
- How to use Bentonite clay as baby powder and to treat diaper rash
The powder can be used by itself or combined with a few drops of lavender oils which are safe for children. Just pour the mixture into a glass jar and use a lid with holes for easy use. Make sure you’re using this powder on kids of ages 3 months and above as babies tend to inhale these powders which can be harmful to them. These are 100% compatible with diapers and you can also mix the Bentonite clay with Shea butter or coconut oil and apply if you’re using it to treat diaper rash.
- The use of Bentonite clay in the bath for a full body detox!
As gross and foreign as the concept of a clay bath seems, it is great for detoxifying your body and relaxing your muscles! The bath is simple to prepare. Take about 1 cup of Bentonite clay and mix it with a few cups of water to form wet clay. Then, you can either get straight into the bathtub and squish this mixture in the bathwater by using your hands, or rub it all over your body like a clay mask and then get into the bath. Either way, be sure to get out after 20 minutes because there is such a thing as too much detoxification!
- Bentonite Clay to treat burns or bug bites
Simply apply a thick paste of Bentonite clay to the burn or bug bite, cover it with a bandage (gauze) and leave it for a few hours before rinsing it off.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay for the digestive system
Need help flushing out all your gut toxins and balancing its flora? You got it! Make use of Bentonite clay! The clay comes into play as a detoxifying agent for people whose own detoxicating chemicals fail them as a result of diseases such as cancer. It pulls out all the bad metals and bacteria from your gut and they get flushed away as you excrete.
Just make sure you’re buying a version that’s safe for consumption. This will also help you with problems such as diarrhea, nausea, morning sickness, acid reflux, etc.
The metals present in the clay such as iron, magnesium, and zinc can be used as natural multivitamins with alkaline properties that balance out the acidity in your stomach. It also provides your body with the SBOS or soil-based organisms which are the good bacteria that are beneficial for your health.
How to ingest Bentonite clay?
For digestive health benefits, just add a heaping spoonful of this to your water either in the morning or at night, mix well and chug it down (warning: it’s going to taste nasty). Avoid having any other foods within a 1hr to 2hr period of having this because it’ll flush those out too! If you’re on any sort of medication, consult with your doctor first before starting the use of this product.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Teeth!
Bentonite is the perfect natural substitute for your usual toothpaste. Not only will the clay deposit the necessary minerals such as magnesium and calcium on your teeth but its negative charges will clean out any bacteria in the mouth preventing cavities and bad breath.
You can either try gargling the clay for a few minutes before rinsing it out or simply apply some directly to your toothbrush. If that isn’t good enough for you, go the extra mile and try this DIY toothpaste!
- DIY Bentonite Clay Toothpaste making Recipe:
Mix 3 tbsp Bentonite clay, 1/4 cup of filtered water, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 2 tsp baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Use with a bamboo toothbrush for the best results!
These two bentonite Clay toothpaste powder are recommended buying if you are looking to cleanse your face.
How to use Bentonite clay for hair benefits!
Bentonite clay is especially used by people with natural hair to counter dryness, frizziness, and to add some shine back to heat damaged hair! Detoxification is done by using a hair mask. For half a cup of Bentonite clay, use about 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of castor oil. Mix it and apply to your hair for no longer than 20 min from scalp till roots. After that, wash it out with shampoo and conditioner to reveal your soft locks.
Pro tip: Never use a metallic bowl/spoon to mix and store your Bentonite clay products as the metal can be absorbed by the clay, reducing its effectiveness.
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